Publication Date: 19/08/2021 ISBN: 9781789651492 Category:

A Hundred Years to Arras

Jason Cobley

Publisher: Unbound
Publication Date: 19/08/2021 ISBN: 9781789651492 Category:
Paperback / Softback

£9.99

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Description

On a painful, freezing Easter Monday in 1917, Private Robert Gooding Henson of the Somerset Light Infantry is launched into the Battle of Arras.

Robert is twenty-three years old, a farmer’s boy from Somerset, who joins up against his father’s wishes. Robert forms fast friendships with Stanley, who lied about his age to go to war, and Ernest, whose own slippery account betrays a life on the streets. Their friendship is forged through gas attacks, trench warfare, freezing in trenches, hunting rats, and chasing down kidnapped regimental dogs. Their life is one of mud and mayhem but also love and laughs.This is the story of Robert’s journey to Arras and back, his dreams and memories drawing him home. His story is that of the working-class Tommy, the story of thousands of young men who were caught in the collision between old rural values and the relentlessness of a new kind of war. It is a story that connects the past with the present through land, love and blood.

Publisher Review

'An elegy for a world swept away by the horrors of the First World War. A book written with so much love; beautifully written and deeply moving' Philip Gwynne Jones, author of The Venetian Legacy

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